FINAL REMEMBERING and IN THE HALLS OF MY YOUTH will be the first major exhibitions by this dynamic creative duo in Newcastle to date with the artists presenting works developed individually shown side by side.
Consalvo and Drinkwater’s creative visions and approaches differ greatly. Where Drinkwater’s work seems to spring from a tangible joy and exuberance, filled with wild energy; Consalvo’s potent distillations of remembering and shifting states of being, have a pervasive quietness and intensity of purpose.
There are however deep common threads. Their life partnership, the young family they are raising, and their shared experiences, are abiding forces that inform both their practices and the resulting works in both exhibitions.
In FINAL REMEMBERING, Lottie Consalvo presents work across mediums including painting, video, sculpture and photography. Documentations of internal performances – both hers and others – recalling and re-enacting memories and encounters that have been quietly profound, both personally and artistically, are at the core of all the works presented. For Consalvo, memory becomes a physical space as she attempts to relieve herself of the responsibility to remember by transforming or performing her memories into tangible objects.
James Drinkwater’s exhibition IN THE HALLS OF MY YOUTH looks at how as we assist in the navigation of our children’s world we too make our way back through the passage of our youth. Children seek out our fears and push us into terrain of profound nostalgia and sentimentality. Through his paintings, mark making and assemblages, Drinkwater gathers memories, as well as found materials to become visual legacies of those places and moments in time, as well as the people that populated them.
ABOUT LOTTIE CONSALVO
Lottie Consalvo is a Newcastle based artist originally from Melbourne. In 2009 Consalvo moved to Germany, living between Berlin and Leipzig for three years pushing and expanding her practice. In 2014 Consalvo was commissioned to make the performance Until distance passes for Tiny Stadiums Live Art Festival. In the same year, Consalvo co-curated an exhibition of long durational and endurance performances entitled Enduring Parallels at The Lock-Up, Newcastle.
In 2015 Consalvo was selected to be in residence with Marina Abramovic in Sydney as part of Kaldor Public Art Projects 30 – Marina Abramovic: in residence. In 2018, the artist will have her first solo museum exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Victoria. Consalvo’s work is held in collections including Artbank, Allens Law Firm, Warner Music Australia and private collections within Australia, UK, Germany and Canada. She is represented by Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney and NKN Gallery Melbourne.
ABOUT JAMES DRINKWATER
James Drinkwater grew up in Newcastle and studied at the National Art School in Sydney before moving to Melbourne for several years. He then moved to Germany and lived between Berlin and Leipzig for three years where he continued his practice. In 2011 Drinkwater received the Marten Bequest travelling Scholarship and was hung in the Dobell Drawing Prize. He was a finalist for the Wynne prize in 2014, 2015,2017 and the Sulman prize in 2016. He was a finalist for the Brett Whitley Travelling Scholarship for three consecutive years before winning it in 2014.
Drinkwater’ work is held in major public and private collections both nationally and internationally, including the Macquarie Bank Art Collection, Artbank, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Macquarie University, Bond University, the Newcastle Art Gallery, Allens Law Firm and private collections in New York, Singapore, Germany and the UK. He is represented by Nanda/Hobbs Gallery, Sydney and NKN Gallery, Melbourne.